Minimix 17 – In the Sky

I named this mix ‘In the Sky’ because this is how I feel now that I’m 100% sure I’m gonna get my MBA degree. Results were released just last week, finally ending that 2 week anxiety period after the comprehensive exams. I know I was only 50% prepared for the test as I applied the Pareto Principle in my review method. Unfortunately, the 80% I didn’t prepare for appeared in the exams especially in the Finance test.

But whatever, it’s done now and I will be marching this June. I’m thankful that this phase of my life is over. And in just a few weeks I’m on to my next one. ūüėČ

Per usual, here’s the tracklist of the songs I used in this mix:

  1. Lxury: J.A.W.S.
  2. Modjo: Lady (Sllash Remix)
  3. Disclosure: When a Fire Starts to Burn
  4. Detroit Swindle’s Basement Dub: Please Don’t Dance
  5. Moony: Dove

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Minimix 16 – Summersun

Long weekend always means time to work on stuff I don’t get to normally do on a weekday. Aside from reading, mixing has been one of my stress-relievers – it’s a good avenue to be both creative and calculative. I’m glad I found have this outlet, especially now that school is over and I have all this energy to spare.

To help add more variety to my mixes, I’ve been researching those songs that were normally played in noontime variety shows back when I was in grade school – those songs that are¬†ridiculously LSS-worthy to the point that it’s actually annoying. So far, I’ve found a handful¬†and have used it here in this latest mix, particularly track #4. I’m pretty sure you know this song once you hear its repetitive hook. To be honest, if this song was released this day, it would definitely be part of my “On Repeat” playlist.

Anyway, here’s the tracklist:

  1. Fouk: Coconuts
  2. Panama: Always (Classixx Remix)
  3. Unknown Artist: You Got the Funk
  4. The Bucketheads: The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)
  5. Chesus: Special (HNNY Edit)

Passion Project #1: Luisa’s

Since I started my marketing career, I’ve always enjoyed the whole NPD process as it was that part of my job that enabled me to become both creative and analytical. I felt most alive when I worked with artists on designing packaging labels, shortlisting jars and bottle with packaging engineers, picking scents and ingredients with chemists, and even meeting suppliers to check out their latest innovations. I’m very thankful that Splash Corporation allowed me to experience all these (thanks Doc and Ms. Glenda! ūüôŹūüŹĽ).

Now that I’m working for a multinational company, creating new products hasn’t been that “exciting” as before as most developments are done centrally by the global headquarters. Nothing wrong here – I understand that economies of scale and scope are important to be competitive. But a part of me still craves for that whole excitement of actually giving birth to a product that you can truly consider your own.

So here I am now,¬†satiating that NPD thirst with Luisa’s. It’s actually not mine – I’m just helping out my mom as I feel her gardening talent has huge potential especially now that almost everything, including food, is being faked (Backstory: yesterday, my mom cooked pizza and it was so weird that the mozzarella and cheddar cheese she bought did not melt even if it was baking in the oven for >15mins! It looked like burnt plastic seriously. We baked¬†another batch but this time using a different brand and it melted just like any normal/real cheese would do).

Aside from the rampant distribution of fake food,¬†this is also a good avenue to put to productive use the things I learned in business grad school and my sister’s uber-marketable art direction and graphic design skills.


Luisa is actually our grandmother. She, like our mom, is head-over-heels obsessed with plants and farming that up until today (she’s in her 80s), she’s still very hands-on with the operations of her farm in Bicol. She visits the uma (ricefields) on a daily basis to check on the crop and everything planted there.¬†Naming the products after her was a no-brainer as the green thumb genes come¬†from her side of the family.

In a nutshell, Luisa’s¬†is all about eco-friendly and sustainable gardening for your culinary and greenery creations.¬†It offers fresh and sun-dried herbs, spices, food, and plants that are ready for cooking and cultivating at the comfort of your home. Luisa’s enables you to live the good life by allowing you to cook and grow your own food the healthiest and most organic way possible.

Luisa's Herbs

My mom is targeting to launch this by June. Right now, Lai and I are helping her with all the branding, product portfolio creation, digital promotions, etc. as these are what we actually do on a daily basis. Once in place, my mom will take it from there.

I’ll post more about this Passion Project as we make significant progress on the branding and marketing strategy. Stay tuned. ‚úĆÔłŹ

Minimix 15 – Freedom Dance

My MBA is done. I can’t believe I’ve reached this point wherein I’m going to have all the time after office to do whatever I want. The feeling’s so liberating¬†yet at the same time overwhelming because I’ve been pretty much used to spending almost half of my life going to school and working on academic¬†stuff.

Don’t get me wrong – I love this feeling (which actually inspired me¬†to work on this mix). I treasure my time much more than money, and I’ve got waaaay too much stuff on my mind that I’ve been wanting to do. I feel there won’t be any “lag time” for me as I’ve been itching to tick off all these things in my mental checklist.

Anyway, here’s the fruit of my newfound freedom. Got the chance to work on it the moment I felt like waking up from my 5hr (!!!) nap. Here’s the tracklist:

  1. Come Back Baby: Flush
  2. Golden Wings: Bag Raiders
  3. Disclosure: Bang That
  4. Paul Johnson: Get Down
  5. Charles B & Adonis: Lack of Love

Minimix 14 – Deep Disco Nights

I feel like I’ve finally found my music mix “flavor” the past days as I’ve been combining a whole lot of early 90s disco music with some of the electro/synth/technopop songs that are staples in my iPod.

The whole process of beat- and key-matching is actually very therapeutic. I get to be both creative and calculative at the same time which, I feel, is a perfect balance of my personality. It’s a great avenue to destress/detoxify from my day job and night class. Minsan kailangan rin magpahinga ni Curacha, noh.¬†HAHA.

Anyway, here’s the tracklist:

  1. My Love: Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne
  2. Picture Picture: Sharam Jay & Sirius Hood
  3. Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix): Gregory Porter
  4. Drumatic: Purple Disco Machine
  5. Show Me Love: Robin S

Minimix 13 – Wordless

Feels like forever since I last worked on a mix. And just like that, 16% of the year is done. I’ve been preoccupied with my full time job as we’re undergoing a transition coming from a global buyout.

All I can say is that I have nothing else to say with all the rapid changes happening around me. Hence the title of this mix. I’m just happily gliding and dancing my way through ~lyf~, taking things¬†one giddy step at a time. I’m glad I’ve got music to keep me intact and focused during office hours.¬†The songs in this mix are just some of the stuff I’ve been listening to nonstop.

Tracks featured are as follows:

  1. The Crush: La Royale
  2. Omeo: Darius
  3. Sunsplash: Luke Million
  4. Unfinished Business: Detroit Swindle
  5. Lite Spots: Kaytranada

Check This: Bonobo and Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker): No Reason

Very very nice way to get me through hump day! Bonobo launched just a few hours ago a new single from his upcoming album Migration. The new track, No Reason, features swoon-worthy vocals from one of my favorite Aussies Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker). This new song was not quite a surprise since they also dropped a 2-hour (!!!) mix together a few months ago Рa good way to hint that there will be more things to expect from this collaboration.

No Reason is a 7-minute long dreamy and ethereal¬†track, with its whole vibe altering between¬†dark ambient and deep, minimalist electro. What I like about it is the fact that it was able to holistically marry Bonobo’s signature ambient/downtempo beats and percussions with Murphy’s cool, soulful musical style.

Migration will be out this Friday. I’ll definitely get my copy. In the meantime, you can listen to No Reason here: